Tee Time at Big Creek Golf Course

Grab your clubs and head out to Trego County’sBig Creek Golf Course for the last two tournaments of the 2018 season!

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Big Creek Golf Courseis a 9-hole course featuring 3,213 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course is part of the Kansas Golf Association with rating is 36.3 and a slope rating of 111, with several elevation changes that make it more challenging than a typical prairie track. The buffalo grass fairways are comprised of rolling hills with and lined with trees that end at watered greens.

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A series of tournaments are scheduled on Sundays throughout the golfing season, providing you with multiple opportunities to join other competitive golfers on the links. The last two tournaments of 2018 are coming up next month, a “1 Man Scramble” on Sunday, October 7th or the “3 Person Scramble” on Sunday, October 21st. Entry fees includes course fees and a meal. (Call 785.769.3160 for more details and to register.)

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The course is also a great practice facility, with a large driving range & a putting green to help get your game on track. Bring your family and get your littlest golfers into the game, too! The putting green and driving range are free to use.

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A day on the links is a day well spent when you tee up at Trego County’s Big Creek Golf Course. Make a plan now to spend time on our links before the season is over!

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A Peaceful Vacation at the Country Barn Loft B & B

A comfortable bed, a delicious homemade breakfast, fresh country air, and a beautiful Kansas sunrise. This is the peaceful existence you can experience at Trego County’s newest lodging destination, the Country Barn Loft B & B.

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Lifetime county residents Jerry and Peggy White moved the historic 1951 barn onto their two-acre private property in 1999, and over the years it has served many purposes before taking on a new life as a bed & breakfast.

With an eye toward maintaining the look of a working barn, the Whites have chosen to use repurposed barn wood for the original arched ceiling and walls, and sliding “barn” style interior doors and ceiling fans complete the upscale country look of this historic building. There are eight beds available for guests, with four located in the upstairs hayloft suite where families can enjoy the large space in separate bedrooms under skylights that make the whole space feel light and airy.

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Quaint balconies on all four sides of the barn offer an expansive view of pastureland and farm ground. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset on the western horizon as millions of stars fill the night sky. Listen close and you will hear songbirds, frogs, deer and many more animals calling to one another as you relax in your own prairie paradise.

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The Whites have upgraded the barn to include all the necessary facilities for your stay, including a kitchenette and bathroom in the hayloft suite. Take your time waking up with a fresh cup of coffee, free WiFi, and a homemade breakfast you’ve chosen from Peggy’s menu of delicious country dishes

“We enjoy meeting new people and look forward

to showing our guests what is special about country living.”

 Jerry White

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Outside you’ll find flower beds, a trellis bench in a “secret garden,” the White’s summer vegetable garden, a wooden swing and other areas to sit and read or just enjoy the peaceful rural setting. Onsite dog boarding is offered so your pets and hunting dogs can enjoy the serene landscape, too!

The Country Barn Loft is located only a few miles from Cedar Bluff State Park and Reservoir, Trego County’s best place for water skiing, jet skiing, hiking and fishing for catfish, walleye, crappie, bass, and more. Wild game hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities are also found throughout the area.

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Take a 15-minute drive into WaKeeney to enjoy the many restaurants and shops in our historic Downtown or enjoy a day in one of our beautiful parks. In the summertime, your kids will love taking a dip in WaKeeney’s Water Park.

Book your stay during one of the many county-wide festivals held throughout the year. The Trego County Fair is the highlight of the summer and, beginning with WaKeeney’s annual Christmas festival held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continuing through the month of December, our famous holiday lights brighten up the “Christmas City of the High Plains.”

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Next time you’re searching for a peaceful setting in a country escape make the journey to Trego County’s Country Barn Loft B & B!

The “Get Lit” Campaign Will Shed New Light on WaKeeney’s Downtown

The Christmas City of the High Plains will be bringing even more sparkle to the holiday season with added lights acquired through the “Get Lit” campaign.

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The “Get Lit” campaign is an initiative to raise money for new programmable, color-changing LED light strands from Inception Lighting. Once installed, they will become a year-long feature along the top of the buildings lining Downtown WaKeeney.

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LED lighting is changing the game in industrial decorative lighting by providing three additional benefits for our city.

Maximum aesthetic appeal

The light strand’s mechanics are designed to be discretely attached to the architecture of the buildings so the brilliance of the lights is the only operational part seen, day or night. The multi-colored lights are easily programmable so the city can choose different combinations throughout the year for any celebration. Imagine red, white and blue on July 4thand purple and gold on game days!

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Simple to install, maintain, and operate

The LED strips come in three lengths to allow for custom light placement. This means there will never be an appearance of a missing light or a need to cut one of the strips.If a light goes out, the product has a detachable lid that will enable easy replacement of only the old lights and not the entire fixture, unlike similar products. Check out this video from Inception Lighting to find out more about the installation process.

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Long-lasting brilliance and savings

Because LEDs are housed in plastic, rather than metal, they emit significantly less heat compared to all other sources of light. This feature also makes them less expensive to install and operate. And, the entire system isguaranteed to last for up to ten years! Altogether, we’re expecting the cost savings will be in the thousands of dollars, with an estimated yearly utility bill of only $300!

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Help us light up WaKeeney

There are multiple ways you can contribute to the “Get Lit” campaign. A Go Fund Me campaignhas been set up for online contributions and the same shirts you may have seen being sold at the fair are also available at The Studio 128 (128 Main St.), and Heartland Foods (401 Russell Ave). And,just like our famous Christmas lights, they come in six colors—red, green, yellow, grey, royal blue, and purple. They have the “Christmas City of the High Plains logo on the front, and the “Get Lit” logo on the back and sell for $12 in S-XL and $15 for 2X.

Stop by The Studio 128 or go to their Facebook pageor stop by Heartland Foods to purchase shirts for you, your friends, and your family to help us “Get Lit” in Downtown WaKeeney!

Shiloh Vineyard to Host “Taste of Kansas” Dinner to Celebrate State Produced Products

From the Land of Kansas, an organization that promotes and supports state made products and restaurants, has chosen Shiloh Vineyards as the site of their very first “Taste of Kansas” dinner on August 4th.

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As Western Kansas’s first wine producing farm, Shiloh Vineyards is the perfect place to host the organization’s Kansas Agriculture Experience Dinner. The farm-to-fork event will showcase the wide range of products produced, grown, or raised in our state with stories of the producers’ commitment to excellence and details about the production of these superior products.

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These same products will become ingredients in a multi-course dinner prepared by Trego County’s local chef Ean Mong. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of Las Vegas, Mong honed his culinary skills in the kitchens of notable chefs like Master Chef Raymond Hoffmeister and Chef Thomas Keller. He has since returned to WaKeeney to share his culinary artistry with the people of Northwest Kansas. Today, his “Leap of Faith Catering” is regularly featured at many events around the region and at Shiloh Vineyard, where he thoughtfully pairs selections from their wine list with each delicious course.

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The “Taste of Kansas” dinner on August 4th will begin with a cocktail hour and entertainment provided by country singer Lucas Maddy from Norton County. Guests will be encouraged to savor each dish as the story of its ingredients are detailed and the producers’ histories and passion for their products are shared by the organization’s presenters.

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Join us on August 4that 6pm at Shiloh Vineyards and Winery in Trego County for a Taste of Kansas! (Must be over 21+ to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the From the Land of Kansas website.)

Come on Out to the Trego County Free Fair!

The Trego County Free Fair in WaKeeney, summer’s biggest party, is just around the corner and it promises to bring with it a week full of memories and loads of fun!

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Join us Tuesday, July 24th to Sunday, July 29th on the Midway, in the Grandstands, and in Downtown WaKeeney as we throw open the doors to the barn to “Party with the Animals!”

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ATV Rodeo– Wednesday, July 25th

Saddle up, ATV jockeys! We’re taking the rodeo experience to a whole other level at the All-Terrain Vehicle Rodeo! Watch the riders spin through the dust in our horse arena as they compete to see who comes out the winner of our great motorized round up.

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Demolition Derby – Thursday, July 26th

Smash ‘em up fun can be found inside our historic grandstands when the Demolition Derby drivers ramming into other cars for the fun of it. The pits open at 4:30pm and the bang ‘em up action begins at 7:30pm.

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Bluegrass Rides

The backdrop of the fair is four days (and nights) of exciting thrills on the Midway. Beginning on Wednesday, July 25th Bluegrass Rides will set up camp on the Trego County Fairgrounds, with rides and games for kids and adults.

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Demolition Derby – Thursday, July 26th

Smash ‘em up fun can be found inside our historic grandstands when the Demolition Derby drivers ramming into other cars for the fun of it. The pits open at 4:30pm and the bang ‘em up action begins at 7:30pm.

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Virtual Ride – Thursday, July 26th  and Friday, July 27th

Take a spin on a Virtual Reality Ride on Thursday, July 26th (sponsored by the WaKeeney Travel and Tourism Department) on and Friday, July 27th (sponsored by the Trego Rec Commission). This is a don’t miss favorite at all of Trego County’s festivals and every time you give it a whirl it provides a “real” thrilling experience for its riders.

 

 

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Monster Trucks

High flying, high-octane action will come to our Grandstands when Wendy’s Summer Monster Mayheim and Local Tough Trucks grind it up on Friday, July 27th in the Fairground’s Grandstands. Cheer on your favorite drivers as they test the limits of these motorized monsters! Gates open at 5 pm, with the Pit Party starting at 5:30 and the races kicking off at 7:30pm.

Come to the Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Thursday at 6pm and Friday at 5pm for a Monster Truck experience of your own! Monster Truck Rides is will be offering spectators rides in their machines for to promote Cancer Awareness.

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Muddy Pig Brawl – Saturday, July 28th

Who’s happier than a pig in a muddy pigpen? The people competing in the Muddy Pig Brawl! This crazy, dirty, fun event will be held at 5pm, with registration opening at 4pm. It’s a great event for competitors and spectators alike and always provides a ton of laughs.

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Trego County Fair Parade – Saturday, July 28th

Head to Downtown WaKeeney for the Trego County Fair Parade. The parade begins at 10 am, so find a good spot and bring your sweet tooth for the candy tossed to the crowd.

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You’ll see floats, antique cars and trucks, farm equipment, and maybe even a few local dignitaries passing by.

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Fun Food and Drink – throughout the week

Great food and drinks are an essential part of any county fair and this year there are several food events scheduled that are favorites of our crowds. A Community Barbeque Feed sponsored by the Trego County Economic Development is planned for Wednesday, July 25th at 5:30pm (for the first 1,000).

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The folks at Jake & Chet’s are hosting a Watermelon Feed on Thursday, July 26that 6:30pm and the Beer Garden will be open from 6pm to midnight every night of the fair. And, don’t forget to stop by the FFA Alumni food stand where they’ll be featuring their tasty pork burgers and the Boy Scout Stand to get a piece of homemade pie!

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Exciting Experiences – all week long!

Enjoy the thrill of competition at a wide range of events. A Ping Pong Drop will be set up on Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm at the fairgrounds and Eagle Communications is sponsoring a Golden Egg Hunt with clues given at 9am and 2pm each day beginning on Tuesday, July 24th until the egg is found. On Saturday gather your friends together for the Washer and Horseshoe Doubles Tournament sponsored by the Trego Recreation Commission and held at the Fairgrounds at 11am following the Saturday, July 28th morning parade.

 

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Competition in Local Arts and Crafts, Business, and Agricultural Pursuits

Beginning on Tuesday, July 24th you can see the best locally produced products in the historic Trego County Exhibit Buildings, the 4-H Building, and the livestock sheds.

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The artistry of traditional crafts will be on display, with everything from sewing and baking, to gardening and artistic pursuits. Judging begins on Tuesday, July 24th and public viewing opens on Wednesday, July 25th with all the ribbons on display.

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Out in the livestock sheds you’ll find the industrious kids of 4-H and FFA. They’ve spent the year raising and caring for the animals you’ll find there and you can watch them show off their animal husbandry skills in the Livestock Arena nearby and the Horse Arena for the equestrian competitions.

 

 

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Live Music – throughout the week

There are four nights of live music on two stages this year. Local musician Isaiah Fabrizius & Company will be performing on our free stage on Wednesday, July 25th. Thursday night you’ll find DJ Gina taking the stage at 7:30pm and on Friday you can dance to Flatspin. Celebrate the end of a fun fair week with Sister Whiskey who will be performing at 8pm on Saturday, July 28th.

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These are just a few of the fun and exciting events you’ll find at the Trego County Free Fair in WaKeeney. Check out the fair schedule to find out more.

“Christmas in July” Lights Up the Streets of WaKeeney

Who says Christmas only comes once a year? In the Christmas City of the High Plains we celebrate our favorite holiday year-round with a second celebration in July!

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The mid-year “Christmas in July” festival will be held at everyone’s favorite summer spot, the WaKeeney Water Park, on Saturday, July 14thand there is a sleigh full of goodies that will get everyone into a festive spirit.

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Christmas Activities

Kids can hone their gingerbread cookie decorating skills and enter their gingerbread house in a contest for the best decoration. The virtual reality “Santa’s Sleigh” ride from our winter festival is back to recapture Santa’s famous annual ride. Give this exciting adventure a try—it’s a great way to relive the cool weather on a hot summer day.

More game booths will challenge you and food vendors have tasty treats to try. Stick around after the sun sets for the blockbuster movie “Elf” that will be shown in the park at 8:30 and there is lawn seating for everyone.

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“Get Lit” Campaign for a Brighter Main Street

All proceeds from the “Christmas in July” event will go to our “Get Lit” campaign for new LED color-changing perimeter lights from Inception Lightingof Irving, TX.

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The programmable, color changing light strands will be attached to the top of the buildings along Main Street behind matching molding that will cover the mechanics and allow them to blend into the architecture. After the lights are installed Main Street will be flooded with red, white and blue on July 4thand purple and gold on game days, along with other color combinations on different holidays. The whole system is guaranteed for up to ten years and we’re expecting the cost savings to be considerable for both electricity and maintenance—up to approximately $300 per year!

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Join us at the Swimming Pool Park on Saturday, July 14that 4:30pm for this fun fundraising event—WaKeeney’s “Christmas in July!”

 

Fast Cars and Fireworks are Found at the WaKeeney Mini Speedway this Fourth of July

Come to WaKeeneyon June 30thto witness the checkered flag flying alongside the Stars and Stripes as we celebrate the Fourth of July at the WaKeeney Mini Speedway!

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Go-Kart Racing

Our races feature several different classes of drivers, including Rookie, Junior 1 & 2 classes in Heavy Flathead and Heavy Clone karts, three adult divisions Stock Heavy, Clone, and Animal. The Speedway doesn’t overlook anyone—there is also a Masters division for those racers over 40 who love the fast-paced competition they will find in this mid-season race!

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Drivers will take to the dirt, oval track at 6pm for this family-friendly, fun competition, with the pit opening for ticketed attendees at 3pm and the gates to the grandstands opening at 5:30pm. (Check our Facebook page to find updates regarding weather notices.)

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Fourth of July Fireworks

After the engines have quieted, turn your attention toward the sky to witness another spectacular show. The City of WaKeeney’s annual fireworks display has been planned immediately following the races on Saturday, June 30thand, as it has always been our tradition, the show in the heavens will be as exciting as the show on the track!

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The go-kart races and fireworks show is a free event for everyone! Come out and celebrate our great country’s independence with the WaKeeney Mini Speedway racers and the community of WaKeeney, Kansas!

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For updates on the WaKeeney Mini Speedway’s summer schedule and racing results visit their website or check out their Facebook pagefor the latest information.

See you at the track!